One Bite Laws
One Bite Laws and Property Laws
Every state has different laws when it comes to dog bites and dog injuries. While some states offer dogs and their owners “one free bite”, this has partially changed in Colorado. Colorado law holds dog owners liable for the financial damages their dogs' cause. As a result — if you are bitten by a dog — you may be able to seek financial compensation for your medical bills. However, not everyone who has a dog bite injury can seek compensation according to Colorado law. Therefore, an experienced Colorado dog bite attorney is essential to understanding the law, so you can choose the legal pathway that is right for you. In Wyoming and Utah, the laws may provide different relief. We can handle those cases as well.
If you have sustained a serious bodily injury from a dog bite in Colorado, it is important to contact a Colorado dog bite attorney immediately. According to Colorado law, you may be entitled to recover economic damages by filing a civil lawsuit against the dog owner or through skillful negotiation with insurance companies. Often, negotiations with the dog owner or an insurance company will result in a settlement without the need to file a lawsuit.
When a dog owner may NOT be liable
There are circumstances when a dog owner may not be held liable for dog bite injuries. These include:
- If the victim was trespassing at the time of the attack.
- If the property is clearly marked with “Beware of Dog” signs.
- If the victim provoked the dog in any way.
- If the victim is a veterinarian or other dog care worker on the job.
- If the dog is hunting, herding, or predator control dog working on the property.
Colorado's dog laws can be complicated and difficult to understand. As a result, it is important to have an experienced Colorado dog bite attorney on your side to help you navigate through the legal process after a dog bite injury. A dog bite attorney with experience litigating and negotiating dog bite injuries is crucial to obtaining the full compensation you deserve after a serious dog bite injury.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
For a free consultation about your rights in the aftermath of a severe dog bite incident, call our Aurora, Colorado-based law firm at 303-400-8100, and to contact a top dog bite personal injury attorney at Norton, Bowers & Hofstra, P.C. Consultations are free and there is no fee until we recover. Home, evening, and weekend visits are available. Wyoming dog bite and Utah dog bite cases are also accepted.